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What the filmmakers unearth is not simple nostalgia, but an intense desire to preserve and consolidate the memory of an era before it dissipates.
Yet, the documentary only offers in vignettes or off handed remarks commentary on the more salacious aspects of Reynolds and Fishers life that Classic ..
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Its a sober yet gracious cautionary tale about fame and fandom and a powerful portrait of love in action.
A tender, human, and very, very funny portrait of Hollywood royalty.
If you feel sorry for yourself and you let yourself go down, you will drown..These two never went down, and neither one of them got there the easy way ..
What would have been a straightforward, reality TV esque insight into two very interesting women is elevated beyond measure by the recent tragedy of C ..
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Cynics might say the network is capitalizing on a hot topic, but the film makes its own argument.
While Bright Lights bounces between past and present, Bloom and Stevens wisely allow the narrative to wander where it wants, mirroring the daily lives ..
Photo: Fisher Family Archives/courtesy of HBO Bright Lights, a portrait of the perpetually intertwined lives of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, wou ..
And if the film is as disorderly in its structure as the messy family history it surveys, time spent with these wonderful subjects makes that seem swe ..
Its a portrait, not a tribute though as the documentary reminds us, every portrait is in some way a tribute to something.
Fisher is a star associated with Hollywoods let it all hang out 70s generation; she made her film debut as a sexually precocious teen propositioning W ..
It may have made their relationship challenging, but it also made it unbreakable, right up to its Hollywood ending.
The doc is a love letter to the mother daughter duo who are seen in their warts and all glory.It follows two generations of Hollywood women each who f ..
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Postcards is a very funny, warm movie, its gentle surfaces and lighthearted mood making for a pointed contrast to the grimness of its subject matter.
10 1 8 / 10 Originally set for broadcast in March, Bright Lights was intended to be a study of a mother and daughter engaged in life, love, and mega f ..
Another is that our own sense of loss adds a layer of melancholy to even the most humorous moments, and a new depth to the films exploration of the ap ..
Now, its heartbreaking.BOTTOM LINE A beauty that will mostly make you laugh and, of course, cry.
At best, this plays out like the idealized relationship on Gilmore Girls and at worst it reaches the grisly nadir of Grey Gardens.
Bright Lights, an affectionate and intimate documentary produced and directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, gives a more balanced view of one of ..
Debbie and Carrie earned a place in our hearts that cant be erased.Their talent and wit made them great.
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Part of our collective fascination with actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, has to do with what they symbolize.The women embodied t ..
Many of those mourning the deaths last week of Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher and her mother and Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds feel as if theyve lost ..
The hard won love story between these two personalities has been beautifully memorialized, with a spontaneous duet of Ill Never Say No from Reynoldss ..
HBO Its been just over a week since Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died within a day of each other and in some ways it still doesnt se ..
If Bright Lights is, at times, a sharp reminder of whats been lost, its also convincing evidence that wherever Fisher and Reynolds are now, theyre alm ..
But the spirit of both women Reynolds glowing, hopeful endurance; Fishers relentless wit and caustic energy overpowers the dread.
But this 94 minute film, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, is so lovely, life affirming and filled with memories that given the grief expre ..
2016 ended with the sad loss of Carrie Fisher and, a day later, her mother, Debbie Reynolds.The two women had a famously turbulent relationship but be ..
What the film is really about is the bond between a mother and daughter who through it all can still bring a little joy into each others lives and the ..
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It should prove a thrill for any fan of the actress to get as close to her as the documentary allows.
Bright Lights is an extraordinary work, and while that is in part due to the timing of its production, that doesnt lessen its value as portraiture and ..
Viewers may feel complicit in a grave robbing watching Bright Lights, the almost intimate portrait of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher making its TV ..
Directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens have a masterful touch.
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Even without its tragic timeliness, Bright Lights is a bittersweet heartbreaker.
Instead, it beautifully illustrates many of the qualities attributed to the two women, especially Fishers famously sharp wit, which the camera here ca ..
HBO moving Bright Lights premiere could play as a rather ghoulish bit of exploitation. But it doesnt, because the film is such a celebration of both e ..
Is the whole thing assembled in chronological order, or does it bounce back and forth through time
But unlike Fishers book, the film is warm and comforting, occasionally sad but more often giddy and gleeful.
In the limousine ride to the event, Reynolds is close to incoherent.
deepens our understanding of who these people were, why they mattered and what their oft examined and perhaps misunderstood bond might have been reall ..
The documentary is never less than engaging, but as a piece of filmmaking, its rather shapeless.
Its a raw, revealing, hairy warts and all look inside their lives and the Beverly Hills compound... they shared. And it serves as a fitting eulogy for ..
Like its subjects, this is a film that doesnt allow itself the time to feel sorry for itself and the giddiness of its great highs ultimately shine bri ..
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Theres no apparent disagreement here, but theres an edge to Reynolds tone.This is not about the shoes.
These scrappy survivors are great company, for each other and for their admirers who will treasure this glimpse into their private and professional li ..
Its a stunning hodgepodge of art and tchotchkes, Hollywood souvenirs and silliness, where glitter is literally tossed around willy nilly and even clas ..
As a film, its all over the place, but in some ways its crazy quilt nature suits its subjects and succeeds as a touching portrait of a unique mother a ..
The camera wobbles from side to side as the crew tries to figure out how to shut the screeching thing off, an irritated Fisher shuffles to their aid i ..
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Beneath the glitz and glamour, Bright Lights told a story of family wounds that run deep a tale we mere mortals can relate to as well.
Neesons character, when he finally shows up, is complex and wary after having survived so long. Silence is almost three hours and moves at its own med ..
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A very good film that I would have much preferred to watch either three months ago or three months from now.
But observation is enough to make the film poignant at its lightest, and terribly sad otherwise.
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